Alteration Of Freedom Of Information Act By Brazil
By Rafia

There has been a significant amount of changes in Brazil’s freedom of information law with a new decree that has been signed by president Hamilton Mourao while Jair Bolsonaro participated in the World Economic Forum in Davos. This decree lets executive secretaries and ministers of the various government departments that helps transfer classification in a responsible manner for documents that contain information which is of a privileged nature to the public servants of a lower rank.

The government departments and functions are widened to be able to classify the privileged data which is something that was requested by the Armed forces when these regulations first came out. The findings of a working group that included many government departments were taken into consideration while creating the original regulations.

Academia and independent companies were included in a transparency council and it was made for policy development and enforcement. At the time of this decree being signed, these stakeholders were also present. This decision was made without any discussion with the civil society or the transparency council.

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